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MADLab students posing atop one of the Pershing Avenue hills they constructed

The Art Effect’s Media, Arts, and Design Lab (MADLab) workforce development program annually employs 40 at-risk local youth and helps them develop workforce and technical skills through visual arts projects.

Through four after-school sessions and one full-time summer session, youth earn a wage or stipend as they explore arts careers, produce collaborative projects, and learn workplace skills such as time management, team work, leadership, and communication. Each year, the program has a creative placemaking component where youth design and produce public art installations in downtown Poughkeepsie.

Stay tuned for details on where and how you can see the amazing art created in this session of MADLab and when applications will drop for our upcoming MADLab summer session.

Click Below to Apply for Summer Youth Employment!

July 5th-  August 27th
Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm each day  
Located at the Trolley Barn, 489 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Dive into the world of media, art, and design! Gain visual arts and graphic design skills while creating public art in and around Poughkeepsie! MadLab participants will work across various sectors of art, including photography, painting, drawing, digital art, and mixed media as they work with professional artists and learn leadership and communication skills.

To Apply: Print and return the application to The Art Effect, 45 Pershing Ave, Poughkeepsie. E-mail for more information

Download Application

Click HERE to apply today!

Programming at The Art Effect is partially funded by monies received from the United Way of Dutchess County, the New York State Council on the Arts, and Dutchess County.